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Food talk is big among those who live in America’s melting pot

Maybe American-English speakers think with their stomachs, because they often express themselves in the language of cooking. Good friends who like the same things are “like two peas in a pod.” Any bad situation that gets worse moves “out of the frying pan and into the fire.” Something really easy [...]

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Celebrating America’s Birthday

Celebrating America’s Birthday

In the spring of 1776, overwhelming support for independence swept through Britain’s thirteen North American colonies. Fiercely opposed to tyranny and taxation without representation imposed by their British colonizers, the colonies banded together and elected to take action in their struggle for freedom. On July 2, the colonies voted in [...]

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How a Quiet Pennsylvania Town Changed U.S. History in 1863

From July 1 to July 3, Americans are marking the 150th anniversary of what is arguably the most historically pivotal and symbolic battle of the country’s bloody 1861–1865 Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1863 the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, became the site of the largest battle [...]

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E-Journal USA: Volunteers: Answering the Call

Volunteerism us woven into the fabric of American society. For generations, Americans have committed themselves to helping those in need at home and abroad.. Whether it’s business, individuals or school groups, volunteers can make a difference. The September version of E-Journal USA is therefore dedicated to the topic of volunteerism. [...]

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Hired. The Summer Job Experience

In our cover story this month, we find out what kind of work several visitors to the United States did last summer. Their experiences include work in lifeguarding, television, technology, professional music and more. Working during summer isn’t just for students. You’ll also read about why Americans don’t take more [...]

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The Many Ways to Speak “American”

When you meet Americans, can you tell which part of the country they are from simply by listening to them? Or if someone asked you to imitate an American, would you try to sound like you were from Texas, Southern California or somewhere else? Chances are, it would be an [...]

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New Electronic Journal USA: Destination America

Welcome to EJ|USA: Destination America, the inaugural issue of IIP’s reinvented monthly flagship publication. Download this issue (11.1 MB | .pdf) Contents of this issue: Editor’s Note See What’s New!
Managing Editor Elizabeth Kelleher introduces the new EJ|USA. All About English All About English: Words of Note from This Issue ©Merriam-Webster Learner’s [...]

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Pop Culture Versus Real America – English Learning Edition

Pop Culture Versus Real America – English Learning Edition

Pop Culture Versus Real America – English Learning Edition This book is the learner’s edition of Pop Culture Versus Real America. It shows how characters in popular American TV shows and films are not always like real Americans. Each chapter gives a description of a TV show or movie along [...]

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Trace Effects: A Video Game for Learning American English and Culture

A collaborative English language video game experience for students ages 12-16. Learn English and explore American culture through puzzles, games, and adventures in an interactive world. Trace Effects is a groundbreaking 3-D immersive DVD video game designed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Office of English Language [...]

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